Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told his Minister of Justice not to implement the 100-percent increase in the price of blood money requested by the judiciary.

ILNA reports that the judiciary had set June 6 as the date for implementing the increase in blood money. “Diyeh” or blood money is part of the Islamic Penal code and refers to the compensation assessed against an assailant when he kills or maims a victim.

The news of this increase in the price of “diyeh” has apparently sent shock waves through Iran’s insurance industry, which is apparently what’s convinced the government to halt the change. However, it is said that the judiciary will not back down from the increase.

The judiciary believes the increase in “diyeh” will immediately reduce the national crime rate. But insurance experts say the 100-percent increase is out of step with the 13.2-percent national inflation rate.